A swim coach has surrendered in Montgomery County to face a charge of child abuse that police say occurred decades ago.
Police say 63-year-old Richard Jay Curl turned himself in on Thursday and is being processed on one count of child abuse.
The charge comes after police in August interviewed a 43-year-old woman who said she had been abused by Curl when he coached her as a child.
She alleged that the abuse started with inappropriate touching when she was 13 and continued with sexual acts until she was 18. The woman says the abuse occurred at his former homes and at the swimming facilities at the Georgetown Preparatory School in North Bethesda.
A phone message left for Curl at his Vienna, Va., was not immediately returned Thursday.
STATEMENT FROM RICHARD CURL'S LAWYERS
Rick Curl is a good man. He is a devoted father and husband. Over the last 30 years, he has successfully coached hundreds of young men and women, many of whom have achieved successful collegiate and professional swimming careers. When the allegations were made public, many of the swimmers and their families reached out to us to offer their support and to reiterate that Rick was an excellent coach, a good person, and a man that provided them and their children with strong moral leadership. We look forward to having Mr. Curl's positions made clear in the coming weeks.
Thomas J. Kelly, Jr. and Bruce L. Marcus, counsel for Rick Curl
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